Call for Applications for Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law and Technology (2021-2022) | CLOSED

The LexUM Chair on Legal Information is offering one (1) full-time postdoctoral internship spanning a 12 month period.

The LexUM Chair is interested in the social and legal issues surrounding the development of legal IT.  In addition, the Chair offers a platform conducive to the ongoing development of expertise and the pursuit of activities geared towards international outreach.  In this vein, the Chair advances and extends the collaborations established by both the LexUM Laboratory on Legal Information and the Cyberjustice Laboratory with key players in the legal world, whether they hail from government, industry or professional circles.

The Chair’s mission is to promote the development of one or more of the following elements:

  • Legal information;
  • Access to legal information;
  • Access to law and justice; and
  • Issues related to the use of technology in the legal world.

In collaboration with the Cyberjustice Laboratory, the Chair is conducting a conversational agent project, dubbed JusticeBot, on the use of natural language processing (NLP) and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques for the improvement of access to law and online dispute resolution for citizens.

Within the framework of this project, the Chair wishes to offer a postdoctoral intern the opportunity to pursue his or her research in artificial intelligence and law through participation in the JusticeBot project.


Important Dates:

Application deadline: July 15, 2021 Extended deadline : July 23rd
Submit by email to  Karima Smouk
@ karima.smouk@umontreal.ca

Internship start date: September 2021

The LexUM Chair and the Cyberjustice Laboratory reserve the right not to grant a fellowship in 2021, depending on the applications received.


The Chair is committed to offering:

  • Up to $58,500 annually (amount subject to change – see collective agreement), paid as salary;
  • Access to a workstation (if campus access conditions permit) and all resources offered by the University of Montreal (email address, access to libraries and computer resources);
  • Administrative support for the organization of scientific activities.

The intern agrees to:

  • Participate in the JusticeBot research project;
  • Participate and contribute to the Chair’s research work on a full time basis throughout the duration of the postdoctoral fellowship;
  • Actively participate in the advancement of the JusticeBot project;
  • Organize a scientific activity before the termination of the internship;
  • Participate in all the working meeting of the JusticeBot project;
  • Complete the admission and registration process with the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Graduate Studies (see information here (French only): https://esp.umontreal.ca/stagiaire-postdoctoral/).

Guide for Postdoctoral Fellows of the University of Montreal (French only): https://esp.umontreal.ca/fileadmin/esp/documents/PDF/GuideStagiairePostdoctoral_Fra.pdf

Policy on the Status of Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Montreal (French only):

https://esp.umontreal.ca/fileadmin/esp/documents/PDF/PolitiqueSPDmai2015.pdf


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Possessing a doctorate in research for less than 5 years at the start date of the internship;
  • Possessing no other professional commitments for the duration of the internship;
  • Possessing Canadian citizenship, permanent residence or a valid work permit at the start date of the intership.

Required Documents:

  • CV;
  • Graduate transcripts;
  • Planned research project related to the JusticeBot project (maximum 3 pages)
  • Doctoral degree or proof that the thesis has been defended or is about to be defended;
  • 2 letter of recommendation.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Originality and potential contribution to the research project;
  • Relevance of previous and current work;
  • Links with the Chair’s scientific interests;
  • General quality of the academic record.

For more information, please contact:
Karima Smouk @ karima.smouk@umontreal.ca

This content has been updated on 08/04/2021 at 10 h 07 min.